Lift your dog's lips to inspect the gums. Pink is healthy. Pale, white or blue is abnormal.
Pale gums often indicate an emergency. Contact your vet right away if you notice this.
Anemia, blood loss, circulatory system issues, bloat, poisoning, cancer or shock.
The vet will run tests to determine the cause. Treatment depends on the diagnosis.
Try giving water to hydrate. Use honey or maple syrup to boost blood sugar.
Feed a nutritious diet. Control parasites. Avoid toxins. Perform regular vet checkups.
Blue means oxygen issues. Bright red could indicate infection or inflammation.